It’s odd when a band goes away for a long time and it’s certainly something that stirs emotions. Anticipation and passion are some of the most prominent feelings that a hiatus bring about and there was a massive abundance of both of those feelings last night at Terminal 5.
Three thousand fans lined up to watch Bloc Party not only play tracks from their previous three albums but also to experience tracks from their upcoming album ‘Four’
Kicking off the night was The Drums who are a band I honestly weren’t looking forward to seeing perform. That said however I left their performance quite surprised at how tight and talented they sounded live. The bands growth was immensely showcased from the tunes they played from their sophomore album ‘Portamento’. Front-man Jonathan Pierce strutted the night away and could be seen smiling into his microphone at the sold out crowd. This was possibly The Drums largest homecoming show and the amount of singing that took place during “Let’s Go Surfing” was amazing.
As 9:30 drew closer it truly felt as though there were more than three thousand people at the venue. The heat was unsustainable but the excitement truly did feel contagious. I grew up listening to Bloc Party and seeing them perform after this much time was something I couldn’t help but smile about. Kele Okereke and company ran to their instruments and began their set with new tune “3x3”. The audience grasped the tune with open arms and the excitement only mounted even more as the band started playing fan favorites such as “Hunting For Witches” and “Positive Tension” unsurprisingly the track that got the most intense surprise was “Helicopter” though Okereke and company were immensely energetic during “One More Chance” and “Octopus”
The break truly didn’t leave the band rusty on any level and seeing them perform felt as though no time had passed at all. Russell Lissack was a true guitar hero that night and exerted so much energy throughout the entire set. Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes played in great harmony throughout the set as well, especially Moakes who felt like an entirely new musician. You could tell that his time with Young Legionnaire has taught him more precision and ferocity which was amazing to see since his style of playing tends to be more reserved then abrasive. The band knew how to give the fans what they wanted while still showcasing new tunes such as “Real Talk” & “Day Four” though I don’t think anyone minded the grand duo encores, the latter ending with a beautiful rendition of “This Modern Love”. As the band ended the night with the massive fan favorite you could tell that everyone at the packed and humid venue of three thousand were immensely glad that Bloc Party were truly back.
This review was written/photographed by Ken Grand-Pierre, a writer/photographer/graphic designer/bear fighter in New York. If you want to see more photos from this show and more be sure to visit his flickr (where you can find full photo galleries of this event & others). Also if you like what you see and you want to hear about more than be sure to follow on twitter and tumblr.
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